A botnet is a collection of devices attached to the Internet and under the control of a third party. Botnets are typically used for malicious purposes, such as denial of service attacks. To create a botnet, someone must take control of these Internet-connected devices, for example home routers or IP cameras. Unfortunately this is made easy because many people connect their devices to the Internet without changing the default passwords.
A lot of effort has been put into discovering and destroying botnets, but until now very little effort has been put into preventing their creation. This is about to change. Across the world, countries are in the process of defining regulations to prevent the creation of botnets. These regulations will become legally binding.
Belden has its part to play in the fight against botnets. From 1st January 2020 we will deliver products running software which complies with upcoming legislation.
The following products will benefit from the changes:
Every device will be delivered with a unique password. There will be no default password.
All other managed Hirschmann and GarrettCom devices
Industrial HiVision (licensed) and HiView (free of charge) will be updated to include an optional bulk password change function. This will allow a device’s password to be changed, and SNMP enabled, when the IP address is set. As a result, multiple devices can be secured with a minimum effort.
To ensure compliance, devices will be delivered with software versions released from January 2020 onwards. As today, previous versions will be available for download on-line. Customers who have ordered specific versions in the past will still be able to order those versions.
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